Current Happenings

 Lake Country ATV Riders is holding a cookout and night ride at the Miller Black Bear trails just outside of Crosby, on Aug. 28 with a start time of 7 p.m. For more information, contact Jen DeBoer, Lake Country ATV Riders, at jenfayedeboer@gmail.com.
Bluegrass band “Sarah Mae & the Birkeland Boys” will perform at Music in the Park in Staples on Sunday, Aug. 8, at 7 p.m. This is the final concert in the summer series. The Duluth area band  shares stories in song form – about the importance of family, overcoming hardship, the relevance of...
The Verndale Historical Society and Verndale Alliance Church will present a dinner and a show on Saturday, Aug. 7.   The dinner, featuring the Mayor’s BBQ deep pit chicken begins at 5:30 p.m.   The show that follows at 7 p.m. is called “Lakefront Town”, an original play by Phil Halstead that...
The Staples-Motley Women of Today will assemble birthday bags to be distributed at local food shelves. The public is invited to help with the project on Sunday, Aug. 8, starting at 2 p.m. at Pine Grove Park, Staples. Attendees are welcome to bring any items for the birthday bags, including cake mix...
Andrew Nelson and his band Buttercoat will perform at the Music in the Park Series in Staples on Sunday, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m. Opening that day will be funk band Mach Duck. It’s a Record Release Show for Buttercoat, fronted by Staples native Andrew Nelson, who sings lead and plays keyboard for the band...
Country/rock musicians Eric Neznik and Jason Franzen will be bringing their acoustic sound to the Music in the Park series in Staples Sunday, July 25, at 7 p.m. Expect to hear a variety of tunes from the ‘90s, as well as songs Neznik and Franzen sang when they performed together in October Son in...
Two Staples-Motley graduates are performing in the musical “Xanadu” at Central Lakes College, Macy Judd and Jayden Friedel. The Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center’s 2021 summer season of music, theatre, and film turns rollicking with “Xanadu”,  a musical comedy combining 80’s fashion...
The Staples Senior Citizens Board is bringing back “Penny Bingo” for all seniors over age 60. The party will be held Wednesday, July 28, at 2 p.m., at the Staples Community Center. All senior citizens are invited to come and play 10 games of Bingo, have coffee and cookies, and reconnect with...
Action from the Summer Engineering and Manufacturing (SEaM) Camp at Central Lakes College in Staples on July 9. Riley Scherping and Evan Schultz (kneeling) get a close up view while competing in the robot hockey game while Kale Wooden, right, videos the action with his phone. Mentor Clayton Newbold...
Mark Petersen and his band will perform at the Music in the Park Series in Staples on Sunday, July 18, at 7 p.m.  In a Brainerd Dispatch article from May of 2020, reporter Jennifer Kraus wrote that, “Petersen is a singer/songwriter who is nationally known for writing songs such as “Cadillac Style”...

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